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  •  One observation, typically unpopular (3+ / 0-)
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    drmah, Lucy2009, HappyinNM
    Moves like this to require 20 hours of work a week, regardless of whether work is available, can either leave people without the food they need or force them into taking low-wage work at the expense of searching for the kind of job that provides an actual living wage.
    I think it is a problem, and not just of optics, to say that some jobs are so crummy that people should receive a public subsidy while so they can devote themselves full-time, as opposed to merely 20 hours a week, to seeking better jobs.  Especially when that "seeking" is literally or figuratively pounding the pavement, since training would also satisfy the requirement.  I recognize that those crappy jobs are indeed crappy, but the same government that's defined those jobs as acceptable can't reliably be expected to support people who don't see them as acceptable.  

    As usual, the real solution is for government to set higher floors, so that it's not a societal imperative for some people to suffer in those jobs while others suffer to get away from them.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 06:18:02 PM PDT

    •  I can see the Interstate Ramp signs now. "Will (2+ / 0-)
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      HappyinNM, rhonan

      work for food," will be a every exit through Kansas. Children lined up with their parents will be a common sight.

      •  It's only for people without children. (3+ / 0-)
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        drmah, MargaretPOA, tikkun
        Able-bodied adults without dependent children will only get three months of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits every three years before they face a requirement that they work 20 hours a week or participate in a job training program for those hours
        We don't count. I applied for HEAP and was rejected because I don't have children. We really don't count as much.

        "Growing your own food is like growing your own money" Ron Finley guerilla gardener extraordinaire.

        by pitbullgirl65 on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 06:32:20 PM PDT

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        •  Happened to me too. (1+ / 0-)
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          Active Breeders only in many, many cases.

          "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

          by MargaretPOA on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 07:17:39 PM PDT

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